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Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves.

Although there's plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??

Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!

70 IBU

Added by ADZA on 11-26-2010

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-tinted copper with medium head retention. A blast of papaya & mango on the nose; full bodied, with a fruit-salad-stuffed mid-palate; smooth, but alcohol is a bit out of check on the finish; rich, v. smooth mouthfeel. The tropical fruit profile on this is unique, a rare example of packaging copy accurately describing its beer. Let's hope there are more NZ ales like this being brewed for export.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, floral, resin. Taste tropical fruit, resin, grassyness bitterness, floral. Solid IPA!

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at a reputable bar, so should be pretty fresh.

Slight haze with moderate cream head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is very floral, with hints of grapefruit tartness and resin. Honeysuckle dominates. Dank cannabis surfaces late.

Flavor reveals tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple mixed with grapefruit and tangerine, finishing perfumey and floral. Bitterness level is medium, with an herbal note surfacing in the aftertaste. Juicy, fruity hops dominate, and are supported by a lightly bready malt backbone.

I'm a sucker for flavoring over bittering hops, especially tropical fruit. Right up my alley.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All New Zealand hops. More subtle than an American IPA. Larger malt backbone. It's good, but not my favorite. Run of the mill................................

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 355 ratings
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